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The Merit Award Bursary Program provides bursaries to senior high school students as an incentive to stay in school, recognizing those who demonstrate a commitment to their schoolwork, extra-curricular activities and communities.  The bursaries are granted to students who attend one of the participating schools.  Before starting an application, please check to ensure your school is on the list below.

List of Participating Schools

Criteria for a Merit Award
A successful applicant:

  1. Must attend a participating school (click here to see school list);
  2. Must be currently enrolled in high school as a full-time student for the school year OR as a full time-student during Fall or Winter semester of the school year;
  3. Must intend to return to school as a full-time student, in the next school year, in Grade 12 or post-secondary education at the university or college level, including registered apprenticeship programs;
  4. Must demonstrate dedication to schoolwork;
  5. Must have 16 credits;
  6. Should demonstrate a high level of commitment to extracurricular school activities; and
  7. Should demonstrate a high level of commitment to volunteerism in the community at large.


Please note:

  1. Personal challenges and obstacles faced by the applicant, including financial circumstances, will be given significant consideration.
  2. Contributions to family welfare and/or work experience will be considered.


In order to receive the Merit Award Bursary funds:

  1. Student recipients must be enrolled as a full-time student at high school or in university or college for the following school year.
  2. The bursary will be paid in the Fall after the student provides proof of enrollment.

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